It’s been many years since I read this book and let me just say, I’m an emotional wreck the second time around as well. Here are my thoughts the second time around on Harry Potter’s finale battle!
Dumbledore has left Harry, Ron and Hermione one last task, but one they have to face alone. Not going back to school after the Headmaster’s death, they must live undercover in search for the remaining hocruxes that are the key to Voldemort’s defeat. However, the wanted hocruxes are unclear and so seem Dumbledore’s intentions. May he have not been the person Harry thought he knew and trusted? And while the hocruxes are not the only objects driving the friends apart, the Dark Lord rises now more than ever and a battle seems unescapable…
This review isn’t as structured as my other reviews, simply because this isn’t the first time I’m reading this and therefore none of the aspects were a surprise for me.
However, I can’t describe how blown away I am right now. I would never have guessed that ending this series again would have such a big emotional impact on me. I feel like with ending this story, the chapter with the title Harry Potter world will simply close as well, which isn’t true because I’ll read another Harry Potter book right right after writing this. But still, this end had something finale to it.
The plot, again, was brilliant. All the missing pieces ended up together and everything was explained and I’m quite happy. Besides the five tragedies which will never be okay. I don’t know if this is just me thinking, but the books are very much more concentrated on character development and feelings and not as much on the actual battle as the films. This means that while there is still an enormous grip to it, a wish to know what happens next, it’s more of the will to know what will happen to the character and how everything will connect than how the battle of Hogwarts exactly looked or who cast a spell on who and how they fought. So, all in all, fights are not as highlighted as in the movies.
The characters were obviously my favorites, same as last time. I loved to read about Harry and Voldemort’s connection, loved to once more dive into Harry’s, Dumbledore’s and Snape’s past and just reconnect with everyone. I especially enjoyed the many months just following Harry, Hermione and Ron developing a plan, first in the Burrow, then at Grimmauld Place and then in the tent. It had something magical to it.
The world and atmosphere was once again astonishing. After having been to the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London, I somehow always pictured the locations, thinking I’ve been there. Moreover, I think what really makes this series and this world special is the detailed description and also the love for creating such a detailed world and universe.
The writing was very emotional. I’m going to put it this way: I love JK Rowling. She’s not the author I would recommend if you want action, but one where you’re looking to fall in love with characters, experience the wise quotes she hides and dive into the universe and forget everything around you.
Recommendable as a reread: YES!
As a Harry Potter fan, I don’t think there is a limit to the number of times you can read this series.